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Law School Admissions / Re: Two (perhaps stupid) questions on Stanford
« on: November 11, 2008, 06:49:28 PM »
Chris, the instructions don't say anything about a separate diversity statement, it seems to discuss incorporating it into the PS.  here's the text:

   5.  Personal Statement. Enclose a statement of about two pages describing important or unusual aspects of yourself not otherwise apparent in your application. The statement must be submitted electronically with your electronic application.

While admission to Stanford Law School is based primarily upon superior academic achievement and potential to contribute to the legal profession, the Admissions Committee also regards the diversity of an entering class as important to the school's educational mission. If you would like the committee to consider how factors such as your background, life and work experiences, advanced studies, extracurricular or community activities, culture, socio-economic status, sex, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation would contribute to the diversity of the entering class and hence to your classmates' law school experience, please describe these factors and their relevance.

If the conventional wisdom is that it means I can include a separate statement, then that's kickass.

Law School Admissions / Two (perhaps stupid) questions on Stanford
« on: November 11, 2008, 06:39:23 PM »
I'm ALMOST ready to submit at Stanford, but I have two questions.  First, they don't have a diversity statement requirement/suggestion, but would it be bad to submit one anyway?  Ordinarily, I would just work this into my PS, but they're PS is only 2 pp and I just can't do it.  I think there's important stuff about me in my DS, so it would be great if I could include it.

Secondly, and this is ridiculously nitpicky, so fogive me, but in the work section where it says "Type of Work" do they mean FT/PT or what I was doing?  I might just include both.  It's a big box.

Thanks for humoring me.

Joe, this is a good story and a good start for an essay, but I'm concerned that it's long on anecdote, but short on substance.  It tells us a lot about your experience in that moment and then does a good job of connecting that to you in terms of how it transformed you.  But, it's very topheavy.  I would try to cut down the story a good deal and put in more about YOU.  What motivates you, why the law attracts you, etc.  You address this, but not robustly.  I had to cut down my own story drastically.  The first draft had that story taking 500+ words while the "substance" took 300 words.  Now, my story is at about 260 words and the rest is up to 700.  The story is the hook that leads to the real stuff.

There is also, of course, the "Why X" paragraph that I would include.  Some schools have a separate essay for this, but I like to include a bit about it for schools that don't.  Try to leave some room for that.

Good work!

Stanford says my personal statement should be "about two pages."  Do they mean single space?  Two pages double spaced is like 500 words, which is damn short.  Any insight?

Law School Admissions / Re: First Post - Need Opinions on UW
« on: October 31, 2008, 07:50:17 PM »
By the way, you are absolutely in at L&C.

Law School Admissions / Re: First Post - Need Opinions on UW
« on: October 31, 2008, 07:49:33 PM »
perci, I think and hope you have a good chance at UW because I'm applying with a similar profile (a little higher LSAT, a little lower GPA and same intangibles, also from OR).  Honestly, I think if you've got something good to put in the 700-word PS, then you should be good.  At least, that's what I'm banking on.

I have strong good feelings about UW.  Small school, great town, good people, killer public interest stuff.  Best of luck to you.

I have to disagree about University of Arizona.  Don't get me wrong, it does have a beautiful campus and the surrounding area is a unique ecosystem with beautiful mountains and great rock climbing.  That said, if you're used to greenery, the desert might not be right for you.  I live in Tucson and coming from a place with mountains and trees (Oregon), the city of Tucson kills me with its sprawl and general attitude toward the environment.

Lewis and Clark might be your place.  It has hands down the most beautiful campus I've ever seen, it's near the city but not in it and conveniently located nearby all the evergreens you can handle.  As I like to joke, it's a true Sylvan learning center.  It also has a top-notch environmental law program I'm looking at myself.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: October 2008 Reading Comp bitchfest
« on: October 27, 2008, 12:25:23 PM »
Thales, I'm right there with you.  The RC section wasn't really that crazy hard, but I think the anxiety and my timer failure at the beginning of the section got me.  I tried to rush through it and ended up with -10 on RC, which is worse than I've ever done and well more than the rest of the sections combined.  I had the soaking beans LR section first and that one really threw me for a loop, although I did better on it than i had feared.  I found LG to be cake and missed one on a guess, which is highly unusual for me.

I'm not going to retake.  I can handle 164, even with a top PT of 173.

Studying for the LSAT / October 2008 Reading Comp bitchfest
« on: October 25, 2008, 07:02:20 PM »
Who got smoked hard by the RC?  Who wants to complain about it even though it's our own damn fault and there's nothing we can do about it?

I do.

Effing talk-stories.

Your turn.

Average: 169-170
Actual: 164

LR 1: -4
RC: -10(!)
LR 2: -2
LG: -1

The goddamn RC.  I even felt pretty good about it.  -10 is on par with my very worst RC score.  Was it especially hard or did the pressure just kill me?  The first LR also sucked it up.  I was consistently scoring -1 or -2 on LR before the test.  I'm pretty sure it was the pressure, which dissipated later on in the test, hence the better scores.

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